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Katie Bass brings her undergraduate experience on a small campus with her to be a better advisor in the sociology department.
Assistant professor of sociology, Katie Bass, arrived at Eastern Illinois University in August 2008 with a background in not only sociology, but international studies and Spanish as well.
Professor Bass teaches Introduction to Criminology and Gender Roles and Social Change at Eastern.
Bass went to school at Hastings College in Nebraska from 1998-2002 with an enrollment of about 1,100 students. With such a small campus, Bass knew all the names of the faculty members whether or not she had a class with them and they all knew her.
"I had a lot of connections with people and I have tried to do my best to bring that environment into the sociology department," Bass said. "I try to make sure I know who my students are. I know what's going on in their lives, I know how to connect them to the right classes, the right resources... whatever they need."
Bass received her master's in sociology and started working on her Ph.D. in 2004.
As an advisor, Bass works with student athletes, parents and people who work full-time jobs. Bass works with many different types of students and helps them figure what works best for them.
"If you're an athlete and we know when your season is going to be, I'm going to look at what you have to do to graduate, what you're interested in and what would be the best plan for you so that you can still do the athletics that you love and not be overwhelmed by your course work," Bass said.
Bass has an open door policy in the department that allows any student to come in and talk. Students can come talk about advising, classes or why they became a sociology major.
"I had a student who emailed me last week and said 'I don't know if you remember me, but I'm the person who sat in your office and a candy all the time." She graduated three years ago!" Bass said. "I immediately knew who it was. That's the advisor I try to be... the one that anyone can stop in to talk to."